Two documented gang members from Azusa were under arrest Saturday after police said they led officers on a pursuit through five cities in the San Gabriel Valley with two children in the backseat of the vehicle.

An Azusa police officer spotted two suspicious vehicles in the 600 block of North Alameda Avenue and attempted to stop one of the vehicles, but the vehicle fled and a pursuit began, according to a statement from the Azusa Police Department.

Shortly after the pursuit began, a man, identified as Manuel Jimenez, 26, of Azusa, jumped from the vehicle and fled, but was quickly apprehended by officers, the statement said.

Other officers continued the pursuit, which led them along the San Gabriel River (605) and Foothill (210) freeways and into the cities of South El Monte, El Monte, Irwindale, Glendora and back into Azusa, police said.

Officers determined the suspect driver was Jose Magdaleno, 21, of Glendora, and he was wanted on a federal arrest warrant and was considered armed and dangerous.

About 45 minutes after the chase began, Magdaleno stopped the vehicle in the 900 block of North Alameda Street in Azusa, surrendered and was arrested.

Police later located two children inside the vehicle, both appeared to be unharmed.

Magdaleno was arrested for his outstanding warrant, felony evading and was additionally charged with child endangerment.

Jimenez was arrested on suspicion of evading police and weapon-related charges as a firearm was located at the scene.

A woman, Lupita Torres, 43, of Glendora, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing/delaying peace officers after she interfered with the police pursuit by driving recklessly around pursuing units near the end of the chase. She was expected to be released on citation.

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